Hungry Ghosts Mao's Secret Famine

ISBN-10: 0805056688

ISBN-13: 9780805056686

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Jasper Becker

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In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Chinese people suffered what may have been the worst famine in history. Over thirty million perished in a grain shortage brought on not by flood, drought, or infestation, but by the insanely irresponsible dictates of Chairman Mao Ze-dong's "Great Leap Forward," an attempt at utopian engineering gone horribly wrong. Journalist Jasper Becker conducted hundreds of interviews and spent years immersed in painstaking detective work to produce Hungry Ghosts, the first full account of this dark chapter in Chinese history. In this horrific story of state-sponsored terror, cannibalism, torture, and murder, China's communist leadership boasted of record harvests and actually increased grain exports, while refusing imports and international assistance. With China's reclamation of Hong Kong now a fait accompli, removing the historical blinders is more timely than ever. As reviewer Richard Bernstein wrote in the New York Times, "Mr. Becker's remarkable book...strikes a heavy blow against willed ignorance of what took place."
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Book details

List price: $26.99
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 4/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Map
The Year Zero
China: Land of Famine
Arise, Ye Prisoners of Starvation
The Soviet Famine
The First Collectivization, 1949-1958
False Science, False Promises
Mao Ignores the Famine
An Overview of the Famine
Henan: A Catastrophe of Lies
Anhui: Let's Talk about Fengyang
The Other Provinces
The Panchen Lama's Letter
In the Prison Camps
The Anatomy of Hunger
Cannibalism
Life in the Cities
Liu Shaoqi Saves the Peasants
Mao's Failure and His Legacy
How Many Died?
How to Record the Annals of a Place?
The Western Failure
Afterword
Appendix: Biographical Sketches
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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